Looking to finally get a new desktop with my Tax refund money.
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)
Budget Range: $1500 Before Shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, creating home movies
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Should I go OEM, I want to use an ASUS sabertooth so I won't be upgrading my mobo
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or TigerDirect
Location: City, State/Region, Country - Bay Area, California USA
Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia
Overclocking: no at the start, after a few months if things are steady with no hiccups then yes.
SLI or Crossfire: No until I can afford it.
Your Monitor Resolution: Not sure yet.
Additional Comments: Looking to get a mid/high end build that can play games on max/ultra for atleast 4-5 years if possible. Even Crysis 3 in combat with a GTX 680 only gets 48 fps will future games continue on that path of high requirements?
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Last computer died which was 10 years old.
The Asus Z77 Sabertooth is a very good motherboard I am using it with a i5 3570K in my rig now and it is running very good. As for your GPU if it were me I would get a Gigabyte GTX 670 this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is the one I got. And then later on add a second if you need to. That would save you some money now as the GTX 670 is only $379 instead of $569 for the GTX 680. I do not think the performance difference is that great for the large price increase.
A friend of mine built his new rig and used the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 and I can say I really like my Asus Z77 Sabertooth much better. Over all it seems to be a better motherboard even with the price difference.
Thank you very much for all the suggestions. I think I am going to stick with the Sabertooth especially since I probably will get win 7 OEM. As for SLI 670's I new to SLI and do not know much about it which is why I prefferred a single 680 just to start with and maybe later addon and replace my psu. I just liked the simplicity of having 1 card (even if its preformance to price wasn't the best).
BTW any monitor suggestions?
Also forgot to mention I heard Skyrim with alot of mods eats up 3gb of Vram.
I think there are much better boards than the sabertooth because the sabertooth is pretty much ASUS's mid range board(v-pro i think) included with the thermal armor that actually traps heat inside instead of cooling it
Also if you want to save some cash/want a cheap 1440p go drive to orange county
far as hell from where i live(san jose) but if you do stop by LA or something go and grab the i5 3570k+asrock extreme 4 for around $290
saving around $64 but not worth it for 300+ miles really
reason why i am saying this is because they have $300 1440p monitors which sell for around $600-$700